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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
343. What Tomas An Buile said in a Pub
 
By James Stephens
 
 
I SAW God. Do you doubt it?
Do you dare to doubt it?
I saw the Almighty Man. His hand
Was resting on a mountain, and
He looked upon the World and all about it:        5
I saw Him plainer than you see me now,
You mustn’t doubt it.
 
He was not satisfied;
His look was all dissatisfied.
His beard swung on a wind far out of sight        10
Behind the world’s curve, and there was light
Most fearful from His forehead, and He sighed,
“That star went always wrong, and from the start
I was dissatisfied.”
 
He lifted up His hand—        15
I say He heaved a dreadful hand
Over the spinning Earth, then I said: “Stay—
You must not strike it, God; I’m in the way;
And I will never move from where I stand.”
He said, “Dear child, I feared that you were dead,”        20
And stayed His hand.
 

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